A note from The Rev. Michael A. Bullock
16 April 2020
Dear Folks:

As we move into our fifth week of Covid-19’s semi-quarantine, we also move toward completing the first week of Easter.  I have been trying to keep these two realities in parallel attention.  What do they say to one another?  What can we learn about one from the other?

One obvious set of answers to these questions is that the Covid-19 pandemic reveals how interconnected our lives are with one another and with the larger environment.  Border walls of any kind (be they tribal or personal) become puny caricatures of themselves in light of the coronavirus’ unyielding spread.  Will we take this sober reality to heart and mind, allowing it to touch the way we think and live?  Or will we fearfully double down into our respective “bubbles”, pathetically pretending that we can be survivors on our own island?  What does it actually mean: “That we are all in this together”?  Or is this just a “feel-good phrase” that gets set aside, as soon as we are back on our feet?

The pandemic has raised the curtain on some serious political and moral issues: issues that ask who gets medical attention? Who gets food?  Which jobs are “essential”, and can we recognize (as the Prayer Book prayer so eloquently puts it) “…that our common life depends on each other’s toil”? [Compline, page 134]. Which brings me to my point: Prayer and praying.

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THIS SUNDAY
The Second Sunday Easter

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Hello Friends,

Our Virtual Compline (Every evening at 8 pm) is progressing and getting better every day.  I have provided the link in this email to get to my YouTube channel which is where you will find the videos both here and on our Facebook page.

Jason’s YouTube Channel.

THANK YOU for Maintaining Our Financial Health
During the Covid-19 Pandemic

During the first quarter of this year, parishioners donated 99% of the amount pledged for 2020.   This is wonderful, considering all the changes we have experienced over the last two months.  While some of our operating costs are being reduced because of social distancing, our income from use of our facilities has also dropped.  In general, though, we are holding our own.  But only because of your support.
Please continue to honor and maintain your financial pledge, while we are no longer in church together.  You can mail your weekly pledge directly to St Philip’s at 128 Main Street, Easthampton, MA., 01027, attention Joe Bianca, or you can now pay your pledge or other donations securely online here: https://tithe.ly/give?c=1332157.  

Thank you again and God bless you all,
The Finance Committee

The church office and our buildings are closed until further notice due to the advice of Bishop Fisher and Governor Baker.
However, Laura IS working from home.

Email is best to reach her.

office@stphilipseasthampton.org
Support of the Easthampton Community Center
During the Covid-19 Pandemic
 
Until May 4th, while schools are closed, the Easthampton the Community Center will be distributing Kids Bags every week, to qualifying families.  Most of these children participate in the school free lunch program.  There are several ways for us to support the Centers efforts.

Donations of food items should be made directly to the center, located at 12 Clark Street.  Monetary donations can be made directly to the center, via their Face Book page, or through St. Philip’s by sending a check to 128 Main Street, Easthampton.  If you send a check to the Community Center please put St. Philip’s in the “For” line.  If you send a check to St. Philip’s please put EHCC in the “For” line.

Either way, Thank You for your continued support of this ministry.

Hello Everyone,

First of all, we’d like to thank you for volunteering for Take & Eat in the past. We really appreciate your help, as do our clients. The current virus outbreak has caused us to re-evaluate how we cook, pack, and deliver our meals to a very vulnerable population.

We plan to continue, as long as the kitchen is available, although we’ll be operating with a smaller crew to reduce exposure to each other and to our clients. We are asking the following of our volunteers as we go forward:

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All the Best,

Jon & the Take & Eat Team

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